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Support to 20 SMART girls in rural areas of Bosnia

by Center for Civil Society Promotion (CCSP)
Support to 20 SMART girls in rural areas of Bosnia
Support to 20 SMART girls in rural areas of Bosnia
Support to 20 SMART girls in rural areas of Bosnia
Support to 20 SMART girls in rural areas of Bosnia
Support to 20 SMART girls in rural areas of Bosnia
Support to 20 SMART girls in rural areas of Bosnia
Support to 20 SMART girls in rural areas of Bosnia
Support to 20 SMART girls in rural areas of Bosnia

The Centre for Civil Society Promotion (CCSP) continued with the activities of promoting the Information and Communication Technologies among girls in Bosnia and Herzegovina, regardless of the COVID-19 crisis.

Since most of the educational activities across the country are organized online, CCSP has decided to organize this year’s Hour of Code in the same way. CCSP organized consecutive events from December 7 to December 11, 2020. Five workshops and motivational events gathered 150 elementary and high school students from all around Bosnia and Herzegovina, with more than 50% girls. The speakers in these events, Almedin Beganovic, Ibrahim Muzaferija, Rastko Zeljkovic, Suad Torlak, and Amina Muzurovic, covered a variety of topics, such as the path to success in ICT, Mobile Development, Artificial Intelligence, and Microsoft’s Minecraft Education Edition. To promote gender equality in this sector, CCSP decided to dedicate a whole session to women in ICT, the challenges and obstacles women face, how to overcome them, and what are the benefits of being a female in ICT.

On April 30 2021 CCSP organized a virtual motivational workshop for 20 girls on the occasion of the International Day of Girls in Information and Communication Technologies. As the event took place online girls from rural areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina also got the chance to take part in this event. The speakers included Zinka Bejtic, a Digital Media professor at the American University in Sharjah (UAE), with more than 20 years of teaching and professional experience, and Amina Muzurovic, Mobile and Salesforce Developer at Mistral Company. Zinka shared her story which also included confronting gender stereotypes during her teaching experience but stressed the importance of establishing close ties with students and respecting everyone's identity and life path for the transferred knowledge and experience to make sense. "Get out of your comfort zone to see what you can do if you want to," said Zinka, adding that women's empowerment starts by supporting each other, influencing the younger generations, appearing as role models, so that young women can have when to see. " Amina offered an IT perspective and shared the story of her path in the sector. One of the participants in the workshop was Nejra Coric, who insisted on sharing her story. Namely, after last year's Girls in ICT event organized by CCSP, Nejra remained in contact with Amina, who inspired her in her IT career. Although she doubted her ability to complete a task for an IT competition, as she says, "I recalled Amina's advice and completed the task, and won one of the prizes."

We hope that the girls who had the opportunity to listen to this motivational workshop gained additional self-confidence and strength and that together we took another step towards breaking stereotypes and increasing the number of women in the IT sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Other than these events, CCSP has promoted the project itself on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, as well as urged the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina to support this particular project and other projects alike. However, the main success of these events is proactive girls taking up courses and careers in ICT after being motivated by our projects.

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The Centre for Civil Society Promotion (CCSP) proceeded with supporting girls in Information and Communication Technologies, despite the COVID-19 crisis.

After a successful online event which marked the International Girls in ICT Day on April 23rd 2020, CCSP has continued on helping girls who are interested in taking up careers in STE(A)M.

The virtual discussion in April was held on the topic of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Marketing. 45 girls aged 13-18 who are interested in taking up a career path in ICT or STEM fields participated in this discussion. The speakers were Jasna Nuhic – Business Development Specialist from ZIRA company, Ena Zunic-Cejvanovic – Data Scientist at the Ministry of Programming, Amina Muzurovic – Mobile Developer at Mistral, and Latifa Imamovic – Marketing Manager of Klika company.

Due to the fact that all of the educational activities across the country were moved online, CCSP has decided to organize this year’s Hour of Code in the same manner. As an official partner of Code.org in organizing Hour of Code in Bosnia and Herzegovina, CCSP has organized this global educational event in the week from December 7 to December 11, 2020. Supported by Microsoft in Bosnia and Herzegovina, five consequential workshops and motivational events were held online for elementary and high school students. Around 150 students took part in the events, while more than 50% of them were girls.

The speakers in these events, Almedin Beganovic, Ibrahim Muzaferija, Rastko Zeljkovic, Suad Torlak, and Amina Muzurovic, covered a variety of topics, such as the path to success in ICT, Mobile Development, Artificial Intelligence, and Microsoft’s Minecraft Education Edition. In order to promote gender equality in this sector, CCSP  decided to dedicate a whole session to women in ICT, the challenges and obstacles women face, how to overcome them and what are the benefits of being a female in ICT. Afterwards, CCSP organized a competition in essay writing on the topic of why one should become an IT professional. 6 essays were awarded, and 4 out of 6 awards went to girls from different parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The goal of these events, especially the one dedicated to women in ICT, was to encourage girls to do what they like – and never give up on their aspirations. This, truly remarkable event not only inspired girls, but also provided a chance for them to ask questions, network, and make life choices according to their ambitions, not according to what the society instructs them to do.

Other than these events, CCSP has promoted the project itself on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, as well as urged the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina to support this particular project and other projects alike.

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The Center for the Promotion of Civil Society (CPCD) continued on promoting girls in Information and Communication Technologies, despite the COVID-19 crisis.

After successful Hour of Code 2019 closing ceremony, organized on January 25th 2020, educational Girls in ICT workshop held on March 9th 2020, CPCD organized an online event for the purpose of marking the International Girls in ICT Day on April 23rd 2020.

The virtual discussion was held on the topic of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Marketing. 45 girls aged 13-18 who are interested in taking up a career path in ICT or STEM fields participated in this discussion. The speakers were Jasna Nuhic – Business Development Specialist from ZIRA company, Ena Zunic-Cejvanovic – Data Scientist at the Ministry of Programming, Amina Muzurovic – Mobile Developer at Mistral, and Latifa Imamovic – Marketing Manager of Klika company.

Regardless of the fact that no in-person events could be held at the time, CPCD decided to continue on supporting girls who are showing deep interest for this field, as it presents an important factor for the reaching of gender equality goals in STE(A)M areas. The participants have shown probing knowledge of ICT related topics and interest in continuing their education in ICT or similar sectors. They were additionally motivated by the speakers. Jasna Nuhic presented them with the application of artificial intelligence for medical purposes, Ena Zunic talked about her work at CERN and data science combined with artificial intelligence, Amina Muzurovic touched upon target marketing, personalization of content and provided a connection between ICT and our daily lives. Finally, Latifa Imamovic offered a perspective of artificial intelligence from a marketing perspective.

After short presentations by the speakers, attendees asked questions on how to embark upon a path of ICT if you are a woman or how to succeed in ICT as a girl. The speakers offered an answer which the girls deemed the most inspirational moment of the event – the key of success in ICT is in challenging yourself, not paying attention to what other people say or do. Numerous girls commented on the lack of female representatives of the ICT sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina and asked for the contacts of the speakers so that they could assist them in their further careers.

The goal of this event was to inspire girls to do what they like – and never give up on their dreams. It was a truly remarkable experience which bred amazing results and networking.

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The Center for the Promotion of Civil Society (CPCD) had an outright active start of the year with two educational events which endorsed the idea of an active participation of girls in careers related to Information and Communication Technologies.

The first event was a closing ceremony of a rather successful Hour of Code 2019, organized on January 25th 2020 and it gathered elementary and high school students from across Bosnia and Herzegovina. What CPCD team insisted on was that the schools choose an equal proportion of girls and boys who will take part in the final educational course and a competition in programming. The motto of this educational event was “Learn computer science, change the world” which is hopefully the message we succeeded in getting across to all of the participants, especially the girls who took part in the event.

The next event took place on March 9th – an educational Girls in ICT workshop we organized for more than 90 girls from the Sarajevo Canton and the Sarajevo-Romanija region aged 13 to 17. This workshop was a one-day event in which girls got a chance to talk to and learn from highly skilled professionals in the field – such as Anela Huskovic, Microsoft’s Area Solution Architect, Lejla Hadziabdic, Senior Partner Development Manager at Microsoft CEE, CEO of a local company App Impact – Admir Tuzovic, and a member of eduIT Professors’ and Teachers’ Association in Bosnia and Herzegovina – Adin Begic.

The girls had a chance to learn both theoretically and get a hands-on experience in various disciplines related to Information and Communication Technologies, namely web pages’ development with HTML/CSS/JavaScript, Artificial Intelligence, coding with MicroBits, and to hear motivational speeches by women in this field on how to reach success in ICT regardless of the background, situation, and general understanding of women in the sector.

The goal of both of these educational activities, particularly the latter, was to inspire girls to take up careers in ICT, with no distress or thinking that there is no one to support them in their ideas. Also, through these workshops, there is a significant destruction of stereotypes which are widely present in our society regarding women in IT. We tried to reassure them in their plans to participate in the society with their innovative ideas, talent, and knowledge of this and related fields.

CPCD is immensely focused on improving the status and education of youth, especially girls, in information technologies, and as the directress of CPCD - Aida Daguda - said in her opening speech at the Girls in ICT workshop, which was held a day after the International Women’s Day, “the biggest gift we can give women and girls is education”.

After the events, one of the participants – a girl attending a high school in Istocno Sarajevo, with a focus on ICT who says that in her class there are 22 boys and 4 girls – said that she finally feels as if she will change the inferiority of women in ICT in Bosnia and Herzegovina, because her love for ICT will make her persist in making a career in this field.  

These were undeniably two great events, thank you again for your support!

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Girls from remote communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina will be active participants in the Hour of Code, the largest learning event in history! The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. Our organization is accredited representative of the Hour of Code in our country, and we will organize the Hour of Code for more than 100 young people, where girls will be able to participate to different sessions during the week, but one of the sessions will be dedicated strictly to 20 of them.

The goal of the Hour of Code is not to teach anybody to become an expert computer scientist in one hour. One hour is only enough to learn that computer science is fun and creative, that it is accessible at all ages, for all students, regardless of background. The measure of success of this campaign is not in how much CS students learn - the success is reflected in broad participation across gender and ethnic and socioeconomic groups, and the resulting increase in enrollment and participation we see in CS courses at all grade levels. Millions of the participating teachers and students have decided to go beyond one hour - to learn for a whole day or a whole week or longer, and many students have decided to enroll in a whole course (or even a college major) as a result.

Besides the students, another "learner" is the educator who gains the confidence after one hour that they can teach computer science even though they may not have a college degree as a computer scientist. Tens of thousands of teachers decide to pursue computer science further, either attending PD or offering follow-on online courses, or both. And this applies to school administrators too, who realize that computer science is something their students want and their teachers are capable of.

Above all, what all participants can learn in an hour is that we can do this.

The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. The 2019 Computer Science Education Week will be December 9-15, 2019.

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Location: Sarajevo - Bosnia and Herzegovina
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